KRG extradites FETÖ's Iraq imam to Turkey

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 08.08.2016 01:01

The Gülenist Terror Organization's (FETÖ) imam in Iraq was extradited to Turkey by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Northern Iraq late Saturday.

Nurettin Aytuğ, who was attempting to provide an appropriate environment for several FETÖ members to continue their activities in Northern Iraq after the failed coup attempt by the terrorist organization on July 15, was handed over to Turkey at the Habur Border Gate on the Iraqi border.

Turkish media reported that Aytuğ had met with two PKK terrorist organization officials on July 11 and July 14. Then, on the morning of July 16, he contacted those officials again to tell them that Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the PKK, might have been killed on İmralı Island where he has been serving a life sentence since 1999.

Aytuğ has been leading a smear campaign against Turkey in Iraq for months and established a network with opponents of the KRG and its ruling party, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Masoud Barzani, who has significant relations with the Turkish government.

Recently, he enabled U.S.-based FETÖ leader imam Fethullah Gülen to have an interview with NRT TV in his residence in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

In the interview, FETÖ's leader declared his deepest sorrow for the dead PKK terrorists and belittled the death of security forces that have been clashing with terrorists in southeastern provinces since July of last year.

KRG: Gülenist schools will be seizedThe KRG will seize Gülenist schools in KRG-ruled areas and will be tied to the Ministry of Education, government spokesman Safin Dzayi said yesterday.

In his statement, Dzayi stated this "friendly" step will be taken as a result of good relations with Turkey and said: "The Ministry of Education will seize these schools. These schools shall continue to work; however, they should be completely tied to the ministry and taken from those [FETÖ's] hands. There will be another system in these schools, different people will also enter, and there will be a different administration."

"We need to strictly follow those schools after the coup attempt on July 15," Dzayi said.

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